Nov 192008

You know the drill. Review this performance, then comment. But remember, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!

I look forward to your responses.



  23 Responses to “If You Can’t Say Anything Nice… About Buckethead”

  1. Mr. Moderator

    Well…I sho’ do loves me some KFC!

  2. Is that a Les Paul? Those are quality and deservedly famous guitars!

  3. BigSteve

    How do you get that many people to attend a Buckethead performance? Is it a sponsorship thing, like with free fried chicken?

  4. hrrundivbakshi

    Oats has got the right spirit! In contrast, I feel fairly certain that Mod’s response was insincere. Extra points for the blackface and ebonics, though!

    I’ll join in: anybody who can combine a martial arts display, some street-wise break-dancing *and* a fiery guitar solo has *something* going on!

  5. hrrundivbakshi

    BigSteve, shame on you! Remember, if you can’t say anything nice…

  6. He has nice converse! Also, unlike those shoegaze kids, he doesn’t spend all that much time staring at them when overprocessing his guitar sound!

  7. 2000 Man

    Did I hear some unexpected fuzz guitar at 2:23?


  8. Does a mean “robot”

  9. hrrundivbakshi

    Hissingfauna, 2000man — you guys are nice. Thanks for your very nice comments. Nice job!

  10. I saw Buckethead in a group called the Jazz Butchers in San Francisco in about ’89 or so. At the beginning of the set, the singer literally dragged himself across the floor from the side of the stage to the mic. It took about 10-15 minutes. Buckethead, who was already on stage, waited very patiently the entire time.

  11. alexmagic

    I would probably rate Buckethead above Bumblefoot on my list of guitarists on Chinese Democracy.

    In this performance, we should all appreciate the way that he opts not to employ Holstering. He does his nunchuck exhibition and The Robot, then goes over and has the guitar strapped on. That way, the guitar isn’t damaged by the nunchucks and he makes it clear that the floor exercises are over.

  12. I didn’t realize that we were supposed to discuss that particular performance because I misread the post.

    So I will say, you know what I like about Buckethead in that clip? He’s still wearing the exact same getup as he was when I saw him about 20 years ago in a small club in SF. It’s not like he was Gene Simmons and he had to keep trotting out his cod piece because that’s what made him famous. No, BH settled on that look long before he was famous and stuck with it long after he could afford to upgrade by, say, getting a much nicer bucket. I find that singularity of vision comforting.

  13. BigSteve

    I was being nice. It was an honest question.

  14. hrrundivbakshi

    Ah, but you’re wrong, cdm. Buckethead has switched buckets recently, eschewing the KFC brand in favor of a bucket of the purest snow-drift white. I personally think his new Look is quite nice.

  15. hrrundivbakshi

    BigSteve, the answer to your nice question is: this performance comes from a Primus show at some enormo-dome somewhere. Maybe he toured with them — he’s into that whole scene.

  16. I really liked the snappy and respectful introduction. I also liked his Les Paul. I was also extremely that the upside down head of Colonel Sanders is perfectly centered with his own head.

  17. I too am impressed by how many fans this guy has. Also, I appreciate his leading the way in showing us that numchucks can be used in a non-violent dance-oriented way. Lastly, I thought it was really cool that at times his hands on his guitar almost looked like crabs.

  18. hrrundivbakshi

    Excellent, mwall! Nice observations — especially about Buckethead’s crabs. Velv, you were also right about that very nice introduction for Mssr. Head.

  19. alexmagic

    So, under the mask, is Buckethead pulling some massive Guitar Faces? Or does he keep his face as still as the mask?

  20. I love me some BH but this is what Zappa called “spoo,” or the kind of guitar noodling that people do in their bedrooms or while waiting for the rest of the band to get ready. It would have been much better (and coherent with my desires) if he would have played over the electro track. Just keep it going.

    That he is involved with Primus and the jamband scene is just a tragedy, as that scene exhibits the complete opposite of “guilt by association.” They approve of anybody that an established jam act vouches for, so a performance like this gets accepted, reified within the scene and so the quality goes down down down. The upshot is that nobody seemed to be cheering during the interstitial guitar-donning.

    Seriously, is there a such thing as a failed jam band? Does the sophomore slump apply?

  21. sammymaudlin

    That’s not a mask.

  22. Under the mask, he’s Malmsteen.

    Have you ever seen them together?

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